Skip to comments.Near Mariupol, Ukraine soldiers embittered by orders not allowing them to return Russian fire
Posted on 02/22/2015 11:59:27 AM PST by WhiskeyX
MARIUPOL, Ukraine -- Despite the Minsk II cease-fire agreement, which was supposed to take effect on Feb. 15, shelling from the Russian side has continued along the Mariupol front and Ukraine's military expect the Azov Sea port city of 500,000 people will be the target of a major Russian assault within the next weeks.
Although some Ukrainian and international media reports make it seem as if the fighting is happening in Mariupol itself, the city has not been hit since Grad missiles showered down on Jan. 24, killing more some 30 civilians and wounding many others.
The fighting has been happening seven or eight kilometers east of the city along a front line which snakes from Shyrokine on the Azov Sea in a northeasterly direction to the town of Krasnoarmiysk.
A staff officer at the headquarters of volunteer 37th Mechanized Infantry Battalion near Mariupol said that, since Feb. 20, the Ukrainian military has seen scores of Russian armor, artillery and truck-mounted missiles coming across the border from Russia. By Feb. 22, he said, a huge Russian regular force had massed on their side of the border with eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Oblast.
They looked fully ready, he said, to cross into Ukraine at short notice and included an estimated 58,000 soldiers, more than 200 tanks and armored personnel carriers, 66 pieces of artillery and around 100 truck-mounted missile launchers for Grad, Urikan and Smerch systems (translated Hail, Hurricane & Whirlwind missiles).
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What? Is 0bama in charge of their RoE?
Scorched Earth policy,.. What if Ukrainians moved out to Europe and let the Russians take over stuff? What are their options?
Europe and their Obama messiah are feckless cowards.
Many reports that while the Ukraine Army has started moving it’s heavy weapons back from the line, both “Donbas” and “Azov” have been moving artillery FORWRAD, to the east of Mariupol.
Both Yarosh and Semenchenko have said publicly they have no intention of honoring the ceasefire, and have been fighting over a couple of towns between Mariupol and the border.
This kind of action by them after the first ceasefire at Donetsk Airport is what blew it up.
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